ERIE, Ill. — Erie/Prophetstown relied on its running game to close the regular season with a 28-7 Three Rivers Conference cross-over win against visiting Orion on Friday night.
The Panthers ran the ball 49 times for 308 yards as they improved their record to 7-2. All their offense came on the ground as quarterback Ethan Howard was 0-for-3 passing.
Nick Williams carried the ball 23 times for 115 yards, Howard rushed for 93 and Chris Bauer gained 79 and scored twice.
The Chargers (4-5), who needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, scored first, but the Panthers quashed those hopes quickly.
Bauer opened the scoring with a pair of touchdowns runs — from 6 and 29 yards — in the first quarter. Howard opened the second half with a 67-yard touchdown run, and Williams added a 9-yard scoring run later in the quarter.
Erie/Prophetstown wound up second in the Three Rivers Conference North Division standings after Sterling Newman beat Amboy/LaMoille 48-7 on Friday. Newman handed the Panthers their lone conference loss.
The Panthers will find out their playoff assignment tonight when the Illinois High School Association announces its pairings.
Rams beat Mustangs
PORT BYRON, Ill. — Riverdale used a pair of second-quarter scores to take the lead, then held off Morrison in the second half to win the battle of teams that entered the final game tied with 1-4 records in the Three Rivers Conference North Division. The Rams won 16-8.
Terry White scored on a 3-yard run early in the second quarter and added a 34-yard scoring run eight minutes later. He also scored a pair of two-point conversions.
Morrison’s lone score came on a 2-yard run by Andy Bird in the third quarter.
Thunder closeseason with win
DURAND — Shaun Magill was part of all four scores for West Carroll as the Thunder knocked off Durand on the road, 26-16. In the first quarter, Magill threaded a 38-yarder to Marshall Benters to open the scoring, giving West Carroll a 6-0 lead. Later in the half, he scooted 26 yards for a quarterback keeper, giving the Thunder a 14-0 halftime lead.
Durand blanked the Thunder in the third quarter while bringing it to a one-possession game at 14-8. But in the deciding frame, Magill hit Brandon Sturtevant on a 25-yard touchdown pass, then padded the lead with a 2-yard punch-in to make it 26-8.
Magill finished with 255 total yards, 56 rushing and 199 passing.
ERIE/PROPHETSTOWN 28, ORION 7
Orion 7 0 0 0 — 7
Erie/P’town 12 0 16 0 — 28
O — 10 run (kick good), 7:57
EP — Chris Bauer 6 run (conversion failed), 3:42
EP — Bauer 25 run (conversion failed), :48
EP — Ethan Howard 63 run (two-point conversion), 11:34
EP — Nick Williams 9 run (two-point conversion), :52
RIVERDALE 16, MORRISON 8
Morrison 0 0 8 0 — 8
Riverdale 0 16 0 0 — 16
R — Terry White 3 run (White run), 10:04
R — White 34 run (White run), 2:03
M — Andy Bird 2 run (Noah Blacklock run), 4:33
Freshmen/sophomores — Riverdale 28, Morrison 8.
WEST CARROLL 26, DURAND 16
W. Carroll 6 8 0 12 — 26
Durand 0 0 8 8 — 16
WC—Benters 38 pass from Magill (kick failed)
WC—Magill 26 run (run good)
D—Bryant 9 pass from Evenson (run good)
WC—Sturtevant 25 pass from Magill (kick failed)
WC—Magill 2 run (kick failed)
D—Evenson 3 run (run good)
RUSHING—WC (Magill 7-56, Sturtevant 8-36), Durand (Keller 15-98, Vellender 12-65.
PASSING—WC (Magill 9-18-0 199), Durand (Evenson 8-25-0 83).
RECEIVING — WC (Jones 5-90, Sturtevant 2-60), Durand (Palmer 5-30, Kinney 6-22).